Queen For The Last Day

If there is anything you want from the retirement list, make sure you get it now.  Today is the last day.  Tomorrow the New catalog goes live!  :)  Oh happy day! (Click HERE to go to my SU store.  Make sure you see my name, Heather North in the corner)

My sketch week continues with another sketch by Stacey Lokovic, over at Inspired to Scrap.  Today is the last day to enter the contest for May.  This card sketch is one of her challenges.  :) 

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At first I was going to copy this sketch exactly, and I may still do that on another card.  It's a fabulous sketch.  But then I decided I wanted to go with the "torn" look.   That is one of the beautiful thing about sketches.  You can copy them exactly or use them as inspiration to come up with something unique. 

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper - by Stampin' Up!
Mocha Morning DSP

You're a Gem - Clear-Mount Stamp - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
You're A Gem
Retires Today
Vintage Vogue - Clear Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Vintage Vogue
Retires Today

Set Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die - by Stampin' Up!
Designer Frames Textured Embossing Folders
Set of 2
Elements of Style - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Elements of Style


I2S Creative Sketches

Today I am a "guest blogger" again over at Inspired to Scrap.   Be sure to check out their blog AND their forum.  The forum is where I found today's sketch.

If you've been following me for awhile, you know I love using sketches.  I use them for cards and scrapbook layouts.   They can be used exactly as shown or as a great jumping off point for inspiration.  Sketches can be flipped, rotated, mirrored, doubled, or stretched.  You can add elements or take them away.  

My challenge for you today is to use a sketch on a layout and then take what you have leftover (paper, embellishments, etc.) and use the same sketch to make a card.   Below is my sample.

My layout came first.  I'm doing an album of a Shop Hop adventure I went on shortly after moving here.  It was a great way for me to explore the area and find where all the best LSS were.  :)  (LSS= Local Scrapbooking Stores)

You can use the same sketch I did or find one of you own.  Check my blog all week.  I'll be using a different sketch every day.   (Monday does not have the sketch included in the post, but I'm sure you can figure it out.

P.S.  If you like the Beau Chateau paper I used in my samples today, be sure to pick them up NOW.  Tomorrow is the last day they will be available if they haven't sold out already.   This is my all-time favorite SU paper pack. 

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Colors Used: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla and Basic Gray
Beau Ch√Ęteau Designer Series Paper - by Stampin' Up!
Beau Chateau DSP
Elements of Style - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Elements of Style
Scallop Edge Border Punch - by Stampin' Up!
Scallop Edge Border Punch

Stampin' Dimensionals - by Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Dimensionals


Sending Love ~ Mojo 243

With so many products retiring this week,  I thought I would pull out some paper I have leftover from Sale-A-Bration (SAB) and try my hand at the new Mojo Monday Sketch.  

To get that doily I used my new(to me) Big Shot and the Paper Doily Sizzlits die. It cut so much better with the Big Shot than it had with my Cuttlebug. I may be looking for a new owner for my Cuttlebug soon. ;) Next I cut off the outer layer of the doily to get it down to a smaller size. Then I layered it with Very Vanilla cardstock, cut into a circle, then Lucky Limeade cardstock in a circle that was just a tad larger. 

To get the (Easy Events) stamped image I used my markers and inked up the tree trunk and sentiment using Chocolate Chip maker, the leaves and grass were done with Lucky Limeade, and the heart was colored with poppy parade.  After I stamped the image onto Very Vanilla cardstock I used my blender pen and the same colors to color it in. 

On a sad note, my camera has officially died.  :*(   I took these shots with my cell phone and loaded them on the computer and attempted to fix the color/lighting. 

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Paper Doily Sizzlits Die
Paper Doily Sizzlit Die

Easy Events - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Easy Events Stamp Set

Blender Pens - by Stampin' Up!
Blender Pens


Memorial Honor ~ PDC133

Our family takes the time, often, to remember and honor those who have served our country through military sacrifice.  We are blessed to live in the United States of America and know that our freedom comes at a high price.  Today our family will remember those who served and especially those who gave their lives, along with the loved ones who said goodbye to them.   I'm proud to have a father, and 2 grandfathers who fought for our country, along with uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends.   Thank you for your service.  You are appreciated and not forgotten.  May God richly bless you and your loved ones.  Please accept this "virtual card" as my way of honoring you.

The Play Date Cafe has the perfect color combo for any patriotic card.  You still have time to play along with this week's challenge and make a card for any service man or woman in your life. 

I filmed a video hoping you could see the details on this card a little bit better.  My camera is still not focusing properly and it goes dark every time I press the shutter.  :(

For the background I stamped the Wonderfully Worn Background stamp onto Textured Cherry Cobbler paper.  The main image (Fresh Vintage SAB) was also stamped in Cherry Cobbler.  The soft blue image (Fresh Vintage SAB) is Bashful Blue, and the Thoughts of You (Loving Thoughts) is stamped in Midnight Muse (InColor 2012-2014).


Creative Blessings,
Heather North
Wonderfully Worn Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Wonderfully Worn
Loving Thoughts - Clear-Mount Stamp
Loving Thoughts
Whisper White 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon - by Stampin' Up!
Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon


Band Thanks

Last week was my son's Spring concert for band.  Here is the card I made for his teacher.  It uses 2 stamps I got just for this card.  One is Rue Des Fleur (not currently available) and the music notes wheel. 

I used 2 different challenges for inspiration for this card. 

The first one is obvious if you saw my masculine grad post last week, Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I have been needing to get in gear and make some masculine cards, so this challenge was just waiting for me.  I've actually made 3 masculine cards this week. 

Second, is this wonderful sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday.  I really like both of these blogs.  They have great challenges every week.  I'm adding this sketch into my rotation. 

My camera is still acting up.  Sigh.  I know I need a new one, but the new catalog comes out June 1st, and I would rather spend my $$$ on new Stampin' Up goodies.  :)

I tried to fix the lighting on one of my pictures with my computer software.  It did help. 

There is a new button in the new catalog that would be PERFECT on this card.   I don't have it yet though.  I don't even have neutrals buttons.  Sooooooo, I used my punch pack and some itty bitty buttons and made my own button using the same DSP that is the background of this card.

One last view.  I've been hoarding this rich paper, and I'm so glad I finally opened the package and used some of it.  The colors are fabulous for so many occasions, and work well on masculine as well as formal cards.

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

For those of you who are friends and family and want to see Mikey playing his trumpet in their recent concert, here is a short video.  Keep in mind this is the Middle School band.  (6th-8th grade)

Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper - by Stampin' Up!
Mocha Morning DSP
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch - by Stampin' Up!
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Bitty Buttons - by Stampin' Up!
This is what I used
Designer Buttons - Neutrals Collection - by Stampin' Up!
This is what I planned to use.  :)

Music Notes Standard Wheel - by Stampin' Up!
Music Notes Standard Wheel

Music Notes Standard Wheel - by Stampin' Up!


May Thanks Video

When I made these cards I planned to film a video showing you how to use the ink pads.  I don't think I'm supposed to show them until June 1st, so I filmed the video using Blushing Bride instead.   You will receive one of the new In-Color cards as a thank you for ordering this month though!  :)  

Enjoy the video and be looking for your cards in the mail next week!  :)

Primrose Petals

Inside of the Gumball Green card.

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Best Friends Forever - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Best Friends Forever

Apothecary Art - Clear-Mount Stamp
Apothecary Art

Labels Collection Framelits Dies
Labels Framelits
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin Pad - by Stampin' Up!
Blushing Bride
Plus: 2012-2014 In Colors (Markers, Ink, Paper)